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September 29, 2014

“Will” is a Four Letter Word

Having a will doesn’t mean you avoid probate.

Citizens of Portland are consistently bewildered when I tell them that no, having a will does not avoid probate. The only way to avoid probate is when none of your assets require … read the rest →

August 25, 2014

Probate 101 Video – Estate Law Quick Tips

We’ve just started a new video series called “Estate Law Quick Tips.” Our first is a very brief overview of Probate in Oregon. We hope you will enjoy this new resource!

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August 21, 2014

Virtual Asset Series – Photographs

Chances are, if you haven’t been on your computer in a couple days–you’re probably on vacation. When you get home, where will you put all your pictures?

On your computer.

Planning like a Portlander means caring about your memories, nostalgia, … read the rest →

June 10, 2014

Does it Qualify as an Oregon Small Estate?

What do you do when your loved one leaves just a few accounts? A modest house? A car? In Oregon, we have a simplified probate procedure for individuals who leave behind small and simple estates.

As a minimum requirement, all … read the rest →

November 19, 2012

Deed Dilemmas

“When I die, my property will just pass to my daughter who is on the deed.”

Maybe. Maybe not. One common misconception is that if you and another person are on a deed together, it will pass to the other … read the rest →

September 28, 2012

Oregon’s Transfer on Death Deed

The Oregon Transfer on Death Deed is relatively new and potentially effective way to transfer property after death without probate. These deeds are so new that there may be some potential problems with them such as mortgage and insurance issues, … read the rest →

October 25, 2011

Avoiding Probate without a Trust in Lane County

Many of my Eugene clients are eager to avoid probate but aren’t quite ready to commit to a  trust. I recommend trusts for most of my clients as a great way to not only avoid probate, but to have greater … read the rest →

December 15, 2010

What is Probate?

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process by which probate property is distributed to creditors and beneficiaries or heirs upon death.  Probate property is, generally speaking, any asset held in the decedent’s sole name at the date of death.  … read the rest →